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  2. Crime & Safety
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  3. Housing
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  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    B+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
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  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
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  12. Commute
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Abilene is a city in Texas with a population of 122,612. Abilene is in Taylor County and is one of the best places to live in Texas. Living in Abilene offers residents a suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Abilene there are a lot of parks. Many families and young professionals live in Abilene and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Abilene are above average.
About Abilene...
Population
122,612

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$101,500
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$816
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    46%
  • Own
    54%
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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    273
    283
  • Murder
    7
    6
  • Rape
    69
    41
  • Robbery
    109
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    739
    500
  • Theft
    2,541
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    205
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$44,108
National
$55,322
Children
20%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    15%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    31%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    31%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

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Abilene is an average-sized city, which makes driving to places quick and easy. There are a fair amount of stores and restaurants, though if you have a specific taste in fashion or food, you may have to shop online or travel elsewhere. You may here people complain that there is nothing to do in Abilene, but they have not been looking close enough! Abilene has many events, such as the monthly Art Walk, which features local art, and Philharmonic events.
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Abilene is a mid-sized town in around the center of Texas. Abilene is a good balance between big city and small town. Just as Austin, Texas has the saying, "Keep Austin Weird," Abilene has the saying, "Keep Abilene Boring." The people here are very nice and while Abilene has the most churches per capita in the US according to some sources, there is a lot of diversity in ideas and beliefs anywhere from extremely liberal to extremely conservative. Abilene is also known as the storybook capital of Texas because of the storybook theme downtown with decorations such as statues from Horton Hears a Who! Abilene is somewhat small at the moment, but is rapidly growing.
Abilene has been my home for the last 29 years, and has strong community ties and many family owned businesses. There are plenty of grocery stores, banks and restaurants to add variety to city living and easy access highways for getting around quickly.
The public schools in my experience handle bullying, bus driver conflicts, and other issues quickly, and host many free functions for students' families.
The cost of living here is much cheaper than many other cities, and although better paying jobs can be hard to come by without the right credentials, there are always employers seeking help.
Although lately the crime rate has increased the last couple years, many of those crimes are usually drug or gang related among their own members. The police in Abilene are known to be more friendly, as opposed to using excessive force as so often shown in the media.